Hurricane RitaSept. 22, 1970: Alice Hamilton dies at age 101 in Hadlyme, Conn. Hamilton was a pioneer in both science and gender barriers, publishing some of the first studies on the dangers of industrial poisons in the workplace. She worked for Jane Addams’s Hull House, the U.S. Labor Department, Harvard, the League of Nations, and others, helping to establish some of the first worker protection laws in the U.S.

Sept. 22, 1989: Hurricane Hugo strikes just north of Charleston, S.C., as a Category 4 storm. Hugo kills 21 in the U.S., destroying and damaging many historic buildings in Charleston and snapping off trees up to 100 miles inland.

Sept. 22, 2005: Less than a month after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita (at right) bears down on Houston as a Category 5 storm. The Houston metro area stages a massive evacuation as Rita changes course, bringing its worst damage to the area northeast of the city and into Louisiana. Among the casualties are 24 senior citizens trapped in a bus that caught on fire along a jammed evacuation route.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.